Last night I had the honor of leading a night of worship for a local ministry’s people and their friends and family up here in the Kenscoff mountains of Haiti. We had an awesome potluck (I love potlucks!!!) beforehand and then sat outside with the tiered garden covered mountains as a backdrop, singing our guts out to Jesus. We worshipped because of the Lord’s faithfulness, His unending love for us, His protective and gentle compassion that always beckons us back to sit at His feet.
As 40+ people worked off their hot dogs, hamburgers and awesome summer salads by exalting the only God who is worthy of every bit of our honor and praise; as we sat and stood and sang songs about the Lion of Judah and the Lamb who was slain for us — I couldn’t help but look at all of those people and their families and be completely in awe of every one of them. They’ve all given their lives to furthering the Good News of Christ. They’ve accepted the wild adventure that God has offered them of moving to a foreign country, learning a new culture and language, facing challenges that they never even had a category for before they said yes to the call. I was just so humbled and thankful to be in their company last night. It felt like home; the best kind of place to rest. I loved standing next to them.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I know we get tired and burnt out. I know that ministry can be exceptionally tough and that it seems the streak of drama that you had no idea could run so deep never seems to dissipate enough. Sometimes it seems like that’s all the more true with regard to the mission field. So I think that times where we come together for the primary purpose of worshiping the Lord is vital to our soul’s health and long-term mission sustainment. God’s people worshiping, led by the Spirit, breaks through all of the fog and mire. It always has been and always will be, the level ground for the people of God.
Here’s to the People of God; saints made so by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. Here’s to level ground; the People of God worshiping Jesus – the only One who is worthy.
My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the LORD. Psalm 26:12